The Aesir



The Aesir












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The Aesir (a slight misnomer, since their pantheon includes some of the ancient Vanir gods as well as several giants and half-giants) are the gods of the ancient Norse tribes, the Viking marauders and indomitable explorers that ruled the frozen north and are rumored to have ventured as far south even as Rome. A warrior culture of fierce renown whose deeds are known to all they encounter, they are led by the All-Father, Odin, whose wisdom is acknowledged even by the other pantheons as a force to be reckoned with. Despite the long-ago demise of most of their culture (though pockets live on in Iceland and northern Scandinavia), the Aesir are one of the most vibrant and active pantheons in the World, all of them working toward one specific goal: the prevention or delay of Ragnarok, the forteold battle in which most, if not all, of them will die to make way for a new order.



Courage Endurance Expression Loyalty
Products of a culture perhaps best-known for the image of the ravening berserker Viking warrior, the Aesir are warriors above all else. Even the gentlest among them feel the call to battle stir in their blood, and rare indeed is the man or woman among them who can resist its siren song. The Aesir have no fear whatsoever when it comes to throwing themselves headlong into the fray, and they expect the same from all others they encounter; for them, to be labelled a coward is a far worse fate than death. The Aesir hail from the frozen climes of the north, and whether they are battling their native elements or their foes in the heat of battle, they are almost incapable of deciding that they’ve had enough. No matter the hardships they might endure or the odds arrayed against them, they soldier on, the epitome of the unstoppable juggernaut. The retelling of great deeds and sagas is one of the greatest-valued talents among the Aesir, who believe that the recounting of legendary deeds is nearly as important as the deeds themselves. Their modes of self-expression may be simplistic by the reckoning of some other cultures, but few can fail to be moved by their heroic speeches or faithfully retold lays. The Aesir never leave a man behind, no matter how suicidal an attempt to save a comrade-in-arms might be. Unswerving loyalty is necessary for them to retain a unified front against all obstacles and enemies, aiding even those among their own whom they dislike in order that they may all contribute to the pantheon’s defense. After all, when Ragnarok rolls around, they’ll need a sword in every hand they can get…

Other Deities

Skadi Nerthus
A headstrong giantess, Skadi married Njord by mistake and later abandoned his house, preferring the high, desolate regions of the mountains to his ocean abode. Njord’s Vanir sister-wife is a powerful goddess of life and fertility, but she remains in Vanaheim, unwelcome in the court of the Aesir.
Od Gerd
Freya’s husband is a god of wanderlust and travel, and his many protracted voyages away from home often drive her out into the wilderness seeking him. Gerd is an earth giantess whose beauty so drove Freyr to distraction that he could not rest (or let anybody else rest) until he had claimed her as his bride.
Hnoss Gersemi
Freya’s daughter is so lovely that her very name became the Norse word for treasure. Like her sister, Gersemi is a goddess of beauty and precious things, cherished by all the Aesir.
Fjolnir Vili
Fjolnir is the legendary first king of the Swedes, allowing their royal line to trace their blood back to the awesome Vanir gods. The god of intelligence and understanding, Vili has been little seen or heard from since his early dealings with his brothers.
Ve Rind
A god of expression and communication, Ve remains an enigmatic force, seldom seen since endowing humanity with his gifts. A giantess of renowned beauty who gave birth to Vali after being raped by Odin.
Gridr Jord
Though a giantess, Gridr has often aided the Aesir over her own kinfolk, bearing a child to Odin and preventing Thor from being killed by one of Loki’s plots. An ancient, immovable giantess tied to the earth itself, Jord is treated with respect and fear, even by Odin himself.
Vidar Nanna
Baldur’s wife is a goddess of beauty and love and a point of contention between the god and his brother Hod, who both pursued her love before she chose Baldur. She is destined to die of grief when Baldur is killed, but also to rise again with him when the world is reborn.
Hod Hermod
The blind god is destined to be tricked by Loki into murdering his beloved brother, Baldur, and lives alone in misery until then. The messenger of the gods, Hermod is destined to try to save Baldur from the icy fastness of Hel.
Bragi Idun
Bragi is the skald of the Aesir, the inventor of poetry and the arts revered by all who have come after him. Idun is the goddess of youth and fertility, of growing things and eternal beauty. She is the wife of the skald-god Bragi, and his faithful companion through all trials; she represents new growth and the endless summer of immortality.
Meli Jarnsaxa
Thor’s older brother is seldom seen, and his actions and destiny remain a mystery. Jarnsaxa is a wild giantess, untameable even by the indomitable Thor.
Sif Forseti
Thor’s wife is known as one of the sweetest and fairest of the Aesir, though she can still be a formidable warrior woman if her temper is roused, and she supports her husband and his fellow warriors without fail. The son of Baldur and Nanna, Forseti is almost as well-loved as his father; he is the judge of the Aesir, known universally for his firm fairness and ability to always settle disputes and adjudicate fairly, no matter how thorny or complicated the issue.
Magni Modi
The strongest of the Aesir but for his father, Magni is destined to aid Thor and, when his father falls, help rebuild the Aesir after Ragnarok. Modi, a faithful son of his father, dwells in Asgard until Ragnarok, when he will triumph in battle and help his brother reestablish the pantheon.
Thrud Angrboda
A goddess of war with as much zest for life as her father, Thrud travels the world and resists all attempts to control her, even to the point of slaying potential suitors who might wish to go against her wishes. A giantess of enormous strength and fearsome demeanor, Angrboda was slain by the Aesir but is destined to rise again when Loki escapes his bonds.
Sigyn Narvi
Loki’s wife is destined to spend her life in a fruitless quest to save her husband from the torment of a poison dripped into his eyes, unable to either succeed or give up. Loki’s son was executed by the Aesir in order to punish his father, and his guts were torn out to bind Loki in his prison.
Vali Jormungandr
Turned into a wolf by the vengeful Aesir, Vali murdered his own brother before his parents. The World Serpent is a terrifying beast of unimaginable size, who stretches around the entire world on the bottom of the ocean, waiting for Ragnarok, when he is destined to kill Thor (and be in turn killed himself).
Long ago bound in chains by the Aesir, the great wolf awaits Ragnarok, when he will break free and finally kill his greatest enemy, Odin, before being slain by Vidar.

The Aesir

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